Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Day 1 of cooking

For my cooking internship here in Siena, I’m required to spend three hours a week cooking with my host family- in addition to the course at school. Luckily, Benjamin, my host “dad,” if you will, really likes to cook. All of his food is delicious. Last night I got to help him cook one of his own recipes- so I thought I would share it with you. It probably takes 15-20 min. max. SO easy and way good!

I give it five stars.

Benjamin’s Gnochetti with Arugula and Shrimp

(serves about six people)


Gnochetti (or any small pasta will work- mini penne… fusilli…etc)

1 shallot

200g (2 1/2 cups? I don’t know the conversion..) frozen mini shrimp

2 cups chopped arugula

½ cup white wine

1-2 tbsp parsely

  1. Start boiling the water for the pasta
  2. Dice the shallot and start to sauté in a skillet with olive oil- 3-5 min
  3. Add Frozen Shrimp and let simmer for a few minutes
  4. Add pasta to boiling water
  5. Pour ½ white wine into skillet- simmer for 2 min
  6. Add chopped arugula to skillet and let simmer for another 2-3 min
  7. Add about 2 teaspoons salt while shrimp is simmering (enough salt to taste)
  8. Add parsley to the skillet
  9. Drain the pasta when finished-combine into the skillet and add parmesan cheese


modell said...

That food looks fabulous! I'm so excited to try it out sometime. It was SO fun to talk to you today on skype! Hope you have a good day!